“No, I’m not quite ready to let the skeuomorphism thing die just yet. Humor me,” Ken Segall blogs. “I was relieved that Tim Cook dismissed Scott Forstall and put Jony Ive in charge of Human Interface.”

“I was surprised when I read so many articles that seemed to misinterpret what had just happened,” Segall writes. “News flash: skeuomorphism is not dead. What’s dead are cheesy, antiquated graphics — like the stitched leather look in Contacts and Calendar. These were aberrations in a world that had been built upon good taste.”

Segall writes, “The leather stitching didn’t just stick out like a sore thumb. It was a skeuomorphic element tied to the wrong century. Rather than relate to something we’re familiar with, it related to something grandpa used to have on his desk… And what’s with Find My Friends? What’s its excuse for turning into leather? This is exactly the point. Order was breaking down… Jony Ive isn’t going to banish skeuomorphism. He’s going to return it to a state of Apple elegance.”

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